A Letter from the District Attorney

Welcome to the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office website

The 23rd JDA has the responsibility and authority to investigate and prosecute crimes in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption and St. James. In addition, your District Attorney’s office handles a wide variety of other matters within the district including child support enforcement, juvenile matters, and the civil representation of most of the public entities located in the 23rd Judicial District. Ricky Babin, who was elected twice by the residents of that tri-parish area, is the District Attorney. Joining District Attorney Babin is a team of Assistant District Attorneys, Researchers, Investigators and Administrative and Support staff, all focused on one common goal, – the full and effective prosecutions of criminals in order to keep our tri-parish area the safest it can be.

We invite you to take a look around, where you will find useful information on many services we offer, along with a personnel list so you can reach the right people at the right time.


Donaldsonville Man Found Guilty of Manslaughter in Connection with 2014 Shooting

           On April 23, 2019, an Ascension Parish Jury found 36 year-old Jaris Howard of Donaldsonville guilty of Manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of his then wife, 27 year-old Shella “Shay” Thomas Howard, also of Donaldsonville. Howard was…READ MORE

Pierre Part Woman Sentenced after Pleading Guilty to DWI 4th Offense

           On February 19, 2019, Tammy Wilson of Pierre Part, LA., age 47, pled guilty to DWI 4th Offense. Wilson was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert. This…READ MORE